Pitch in For Kids 2018

February 15, 2018


JW Marriott Scottsdale
Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
5402 E Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Community Celebrates the Power of Mentoring at Pitch In for Kids

You're invited to put on your best "baseball chic" outfit and show your support for BBBSAZ at Pitch In for Kids! Join us for a fun, baseball-themed event celebrating the power of mentoring. 

5:30pm Pre-game & Cocktails
7:00pm Play Ball! Dinner & Inspirational Stories about the transformative power of mentoring

Arizona Baseball Legend Luis Gonzalez, Arizona Diamondbacks, will be the featured speaker. 

Purchase a Mystery Box for $100 and you'll get a Big surprise worth at least $100! Maybe you'll get a staycation at a local resort, a gift card for a fabulous dinner, a gift card for airline travel, tickets to a sporting event, or a lovely piece of jewelry. All proceeds from Mystery Box sales support Big Brothers Big Sisters programs.

Tables and sponsorship opportunities start at $1,500. Individual tickets are $150. Ticket price includes dinner and beverages. 

For more information about sponsorship and partnership opportunities, please contact Jessica Whitney at jwhitney@bbbsaz.org or (602) 393-4115.This will be an evening to remember, featuring dinner and program at 7pm at the JW Marriot Camelback In Resort & Spa.  Purchase a ticket to help raise funds and awareness to support the life-changing friendships of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

2018 PIFK Committee Members

  • Coltlee Birkeland
  • Greg Derr
  • Brandi Devlin
  • Paul Evans
  • Camille French
  • Patricia Garrity
  • Pam Giannonatti
  • Caleb Jay
  • Johnny Key
  • Tracy Masson
  • Taylor Ralston
  • Lisa Schmidtke
  • Casey Strunk
  • Teresa Strunk
  • Whitney Thistle
  • Jessica Whitney


PIFK 2017

It was a game for the ages with a lineup that included Honorary Chair Bob Brenly, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, and our All Star match Sam Leyvas and Skyler, and Skyler's mom Kelly. Guests warmed up for the evening at a cocktail party where they mixed and mingled, purchased Mystery Boxes, met several of our Big and Little matches, and posed in the photo booth. During dinner, emcee Paul Horton welcomed the crowd and kept the ball rolling. Sheriff Penzone spoke about how having one caring, committed adult can change a child's life, and that relationship can have a positive impact on the family, the kids' schools and throughout the community. President and CEO Laura Capello talked about Big Brothers Big Sisters programs and how donors make it possible for the agency to match more than 1,500 youth each year with caring, supportive mentors, and provide professional support to make sure those matches are successful.

Board Member Clarence Stallings, a former Little Brother, shared his personal story about his 39-year friendship with his Big Brothers and how it changed his life. Little Brother Skyler, age 9, and Big Brother Sam talked about how spending time together has enriched both of their lives. Skyler's mom Kelly, who has three sons in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, inspired guests by sharing how the program has not only helped her sons, but has also strengthened their family bond. Baseball legend Bob Brenly talked about the mentors he had throughout his life - personal and professional - who have provided guidance and advice along with way. He invited all of the Bigs and Littles in the room to join him on stage to lead the crowd in a rousing rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Event Co-chair Pam Giannonatti, wearing her father's childhood baseball jersey, thanked guests for all they do for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and for supporting programs that change lives for the better.

Thank you to our Grand Slam sponsors Fry's Food Stores and Sunstate Equipment Co., and all of the companies and individuals that sponsored Pitch In for Kids.